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Kenya vs Syria

40 killed and 150 injured in an attack by Islamist terrorists on a mall in Kenya.  Is there any talk about the US invading Kenya?  Nope – get some oil, Kenya.

And if we are (contemplating) invading Syria as part of some moral “we must protect humanity” action, then I’d like to see the plans to invade the dozen or so African countries where citizens live in fear, just like Syria.

There are no such plans, are there Mr. Obama?  So quit selling ‘humanitarian’.

Surely you’re not going to sell us “imminent threat”.

This is a job for NATO and NATO alone.  We can commit our troops to NATO, but we do not need to spend hundreds of millions on Syrian attacks.

To everyone on the planet: The further you keep your religion from your politics, the safer you are.  Ask the Kenyans, the Syrians, the Pakis, Afghans, the Iraqis. Then ask the British, the Norwegians, Swedish, the Dutch, the Canadians, the Americans.

Freedom IS separation of Church and State.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/21/nairobi-mall-shooting_n_3967042.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D379246

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September 22, 2013 at 3:19 am 1 comment

School vouchers – one of the problems

Some greatest hits from a good piece on school vouchers and Republican Valerie Hodges (who clearly doesn’t put much thought into the laws she votes for in Louisiana).

Read the whole article here: http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/louisiana-revelation-school-voucher-funding-it-s-not-just-for-christians

A member of the Louisiana House of Representatives who eagerly supported Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to fund private schools has had an epiphany: Muslim schools might start getting taxpayer money!

Hodges’ bigotry is perhaps only rivaled by her ignorance of constitutional and legal principles.

Ouch.

In Washington, D.C., where House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican allies in Congress have established a federally funded voucher program, most of the schools taking part are Catholic, but two Muslim schools have been among the recipients.

Some legislators aren’t comfortable funding Muslim schools. What’s to be done? How about not establishing these programs in the first place? Let Muslims fund Muslim schools. Let Catholics fund Catholics ones. Let fundamentalist Protestants pay for the conservative Christian academies and so on.

Rep. J. Rogers Pope, points out that the law allows students to be educated off campus and establishes no standards for what qualifies as meaningful education.

“This is impractical on so many levels,” said Pope, a conservative Republican. “What will a high school diploma from Louisiana mean, if nobody can list our courses? How will we verify course content, attendance, teacher qualifications, and testing?”

Welcome to the brave new world of school privatization!

In other states where vouchers have been implemented, we’ve seen a plethora of fly-by-night schools, schools whose leaders are more interested in making a quick buck than educating children and schools where the primary focus is making sure kids are indoctrinated in a particular form of religion, not offering them a sound education.

http://www.au.org/blogs/wall-of-separation/louisiana-revelation-school-voucher-funding-it-s-not-just-for-christians

July 6, 2012 at 4:53 am Leave a comment

Cardinal Dolan calls for Catholics to join religious battle

Ahh, the state of things:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan called on Roman Catholic worshippers Saturday to become more involved in politics as the church stands against the government…

Cardinal Dolan is also president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Speaking at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, the spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of New York said the U.S. government is engaged in “an unwarranted, unprecedented radical intrusion.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan called on Roman Catholic worshippers Saturday to become more involved in politics as the church stands against the government in what he called a “freedom of religion battle

“We’re not trying to impose our teachings on anybody,” said Dolan in his 45-minute speech to a packed auditorium of about 1,000 people. “We’re simply saying, don’t impose your teaching upon us and make us do as a church what we find unconscionable to do.”  [Employers have can opt out – they don’t “have” to do anything].

Proponents say the plan is a breakthrough for women’s rights, but Dolan and other leaders say it violates religious freedom.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/03/nys-cardinal-urges-freedo_n_1318984.html

 

No one is making you do anything, you self-righteous self-centered tool.  The law states that you can opt out.  The president himself has come forward and explained this to dumber members of our society who have trouble with the ‘reading’ and the ‘learning’.  (And the ultra-stupid seem to keep turning up with bibles in their hands for some reason). 

High ranking leaders speaking to impressionable, using ‘the word of God’ as their justification for using aggressive verbage like ‘battle’, speaking about how America is threatening their religions, talking about the USA as radicals….thin line.

So this idiot is calling for a religious battle against the government.  If he were a high-ranking member of a different monotheistic religion…there would be an outcry. The line between this Cardinal encouraging his followers to join a religious battle against the “radical” United States, and a Muslim cleric who is encouraging his followers to join a religious battle against the United States….is a thin line. 

 

March 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment


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